As the rebellion that has rocked the US and spread internationally approaches a full month, the counterinsurgency strategy being used to pacify it has become well defined. Police repression and vigilante violence from the outside, and rumors of agent provocateurs to divide the movement from the inside. But another method of internalized, soft counterinsurgency has also been omnipresent: the use of liberal identity politics to spread the idea that fighting back against a racist society is in itself racist. This practice was already well developed by the time of the Michael Brown rebellions in 2014, making use of white allies to put all their power and privilege behind the ostensible leaders of oppressed communities. Though leadership in any community, and for any larger group, tends to be a complicated question, self-identified allies tend to support the leaders appointed and legitimized by the media, leaders who hold positions of power within some of the institutions that help make up this white supremacist society.Continue reading Questions In The Face Of Counterinsurgency
Are riots a gift to the right? Should property destruction be condemned by social movement leaders? OR is non-violence based on a falsified histories of struggle? Are riots the language of the unheard?Continue reading Peter Gelderloos: “Looting is wealth re-distribution” [Video]
As people rise up against police violence and structural racism, what counterinsurgency techniques is the state deploying to attack and undermine the movement?Continue reading Counterinsurgency: dousing the flames of Minneapolis – by Peter Gelderloos
“Which side are you on?”, asks a famous american labour song. Perhaps the answer to the question, taken as a question with revolutionary implications, has never been simple, contrary to the illusions of hindsight and/or ideology.Continue reading Tracing the lines of the barricade
Peter Gelderloos’ critical appraisal of spain’s “municipalities of change” is timely.Continue reading Peter Gelderloos: What went wrong for the municipalists in Spain?
A review of Peter Gelderloos’anarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.Continue reading Review of Peter Gelderloos, “Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation”
The second article of our series 10 years after police murder on Alexis is an essay by Peter Gelderloos from December 2014: A World Without Police. “In the media lens, young students were justifiably protesting in the streets after the police murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, anarchists were hijacking the event to burn police stations, and immigrants were taking advantage of the situation to loot stores. None of these characterizations are based on fact. Millions of young people and old, Greeks and immigrants, participated in the uprising, in a variety of ways.”
In this in-depth analysis, Peter Gelderloos explores the technological and geopolitical changes that movements for liberation will face over the next several decades. How will those who hold power today attempt to weather the economic and political crises ahead? Will artificial intelligence and bioeconomics save capitalism? What’s more dangerous—governments refusing to address climate change, or the technocratic solutions they will propose? Will we see the rise of fascism, or the regeneration of democracy? If we study the challenges that capitalism and the state will confront, we can prepare to make the most of them to put forward another way of life.
In Part I of this article, I responded to William Gillis’ review of Worshiping Power: An Anarchist Vision of Early State Formation. I wanted to give special attention to what I found to be his most interesting critique.
Since its publication, I have come across two reviews of Worshiping Power that I would like to respond to, not to bat a discursive ball back and forth, but to engage with the flow of conversations that form an integral part of our interaction with the world around us. One is William Gillis’ “The Tangled Paths of State Formation and Resistance,” and the other is Kristian Williams’ “Mystifying: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.”